Saturday, February 20, 2016

Christian Coptic church headed to Wayland

From Massachusetts-

When the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Wayland closed its doors last summer after nearly five-and-a-half-decades, the future of the iconic building on Rice Road, with its curved eaves, high peaked roof and woodsy setting, was uncertain.

The speculation has ended with the recent announcement that a Christian Coptic Orthodox church has bought the premises and will hold its first liturgy there in early March.

The purchase came about by connections made through the Massachusetts Council of Churches. As the Coptic representative on the council, Father Samuel Hanna of St. Mark’s in Natick heard about the available property. Episcopal Bishop Gayle Harris, president of the council, was enthusiastic and encouraged all the parties involved.

“The appraised value was $2.2 million,” Father Samuel Hanna said, “but we paid a little less than that. It was a very Christian transaction, not like a strictly business deal.”

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